Stakeholder engagement and social safeguards to support indigenous peoples and forest communities in REDD+ processes: cases, lessons and ways forward

Attention: this session will be run in Spanish.
Esta sesion se realizara en castellano.

There is widespread agreement on the need to ensure that REDD programmes positively engage with indigenous peoples and forest communities and avoid harming their livelihoods. Under the normative argument, avoiding negative impacts and promoting comprehensive participation of indigenous peoples and other communities is necessary for alignment with internationally recognized human rights. Their continued access to forests can also strengthen the ability of indigenous peoples to adapt to climate change, because of the way forests contribute to their livelihoods. Positive benefits could also help advance sustainable development goals of indigenous peoples such as poverty reduction. The government of Peru recently enacted the Consultation Law, which was drafted under the guidelines established by Convention 169 ILO. This law recognizes the right of indigenous peoples to prior consultation of any legislative and administrative measures that affect directly their collective rights of physical existence, cultural identity, quality of life and development.

The workshop will discuss the state of the art in designing REDD projects and programmes in relation to indigenous peoples, will share relevant experiences and draw lessons, conclusions and recommendations for the development of ongoing and future programmes. The session will explore the impacts of joint efforts between civil society and government agencies for effective stakeholder outreach and participation in the sustainable management of natural resources. A panel of representatives from the regional government of San Martin in Peru, together with civil society partners CI-Peru and Amazonicos por la Amazonia (AMPA), will present the results of demonstration stakeholder engagement processes that aim to contribute to the enactment of new regulations for the benefits of the most vulnerable groups, by developing and applying safeguards under the framework of REDD+ and sustainable management of natural resources.

The agenda of the workshop is uploaded in the Documents section, in English and Spanish.

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